The Drill: Garrett Raymon anchors Hills-Beaver Creek offense, defense
HILLS -- Garrett Raymon has been a starter with the Hills-Beaver Creek football team for so many years now, that some fans might wonder if he'll ever leave.
HILLS -- Garrett Raymon has been a starter with the Hills-Beaver Creek football team for so many years now, that some fans might wonder if he’ll ever leave.
They hope not. The senior fixture in the offensive and defensive lines of the Patriots is the irreplaceable piece to a H-BC team that currently owns a 6-1 record. It is Raymon who opens holes in opposing defenses for H-BC’s quick running backs, and it is Raymon -- as much as anyone else -- who keeps rival offenses from matching the Pats’ yardage gainers.
Hills-Beaver Creek head coach Rex Metzger says Raymon, a 5-11, 240-pounder, is a leader by example.
“He’s just a great kid. A smart kid. Hard worker. You tell him to do something once, and he does it. And he does it correctly,” said the coach this week. “Guys just know what to expect of him. He works very hard in practice, and his motor’s always running.”
The celebrated lineman, who lives just a couple of blocks from the football field in Hills, also competes in track and field and trapshooting. He’s an avid hunter and fisherman. He’s active in the school, participating in student council, math league and knowledge bowl.
“He’s been starting on the offensive line since he was a freshman (at right guard),” said Metzger. “He gets off the ball quick, and he’s got great leverage off the ball. And on defense, he’s been starting since he was a sophomore.”
The Globe caught up to Raymon recently at a midweek practice, for a regular installment of The Drill. You can see the video online at www.dglobe . Here are some interview highlights:
QUESTION: What do you do on the defensive line to get the job done?
ANSWER: “First, I usually read whatever step the offensive lineman takes, and then I can get a nice punch in there and read whatever direction the play is going. And when I make a tackle, I like to show ‘em that we’re here to play. And maybe they won’t run at me as much.”
QUESTION: How about when you’re on the offensive side of things?
ANSWER: “I just like to make big holes for our running backs to run through ‘em, and hopefully to the end zone. Pass blocking, I wouldn’t think it’s necessarily harder than run blocking, ‘cuz you’re kind of staying in the same area. But you gotta protect the quarterback, on the other hand, and that’s important, too.”
QUESTION: This year, it’s pretty evident that Hills-Beaver Creek likes to run the football.
ANSWER: “Yeah, we like to run the ball first, because if we establish the run, teams will be more worried about stopping the run, and then we can hit the pass more. I think the run game is just more secure, ‘cuz there’s less risk of turnovers such as interceptions.”
QUESTION: Do you mind bad weather very much?
ANSWER: “It is fun playing in the rain and mud, but I know the running backs, quarterbacks and receivers don’t like it as much. It’s a little harder for them. But I’m a lineman and I like playing in the mud and getting down and dirty.”